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50 years of the Misuse of Drugs Act

EDM (Early Day Motion) 56: tabled on 17 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House acknowledges that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is not fit for purpose; notes that for 50 years, it has failed to reduce drug consumption and that drug deaths are now at a record high; further notes that instead it has increased harm, damaged public health and exacerbated social inequalities; believes that an evidence-based approach which provides pathways for people with drug difficulties into treatment, rather than the criminal justice system, should be prioritised; urges the earliest examination of international evidence from health-led personal drug consumption regime such as Portugal, where outcomes are startlingly better against every reasonable criteria; and calls upon the Government, as a matter of urgency, to repeal and replace the Act with legislation to ensure that future drug policy protects human rights, promotes public health and ensures social justice.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Blunt, Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 17 May 2021
Reigate
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Stockport
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
East Lothian
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Glasgow Central
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Wansbeck
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 18 May 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2021
Bath
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Norwich South
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Foyle
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Glasgow South West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 May 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 May 2021
Central Ayrshire
Davey, Ed
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 May 2021
Kingston and Surbiton
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2021
Gower
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2021
Streatham
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 May 2021
North East Fife
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Gordon
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Glasgow North West
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 May 2021
Arfon
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2021
Edinburgh North and Leith
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Aberdeen North
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Glasgow North East
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Stirling
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Dundee West
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Coventry South
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Gateshead
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Belfast South
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.